SCIS Principal Newsletter
January 19, 2023
Good Evening Sloan Creek Families,
I hope everyone has had a great week. In the Halpin household we are gearing up for a great Cowboy game on Sunday night. I am inviting all staff and students to wear their DALLAS COWBOY gear tomorrow (or 49er gear if you must) in support of America's team (I realize some of you are rolling your eyes right now).
In other news, please remember to buy your child's ticket to our school social next Friday. We are excited to have kids join us for this event. If you do not want to pre-purchase their ticket then they can always pay $10 cash at the door.
Lastly, take special note of the Growth and Development "OPT IN" letters that you will see below. New this year, parents can request to preview the material and must sign and OPT in for their child to receive this lesson. We will be passing out the letters for you to sign and return to your child on Monday, or you can print and sign from the link in this newsletter.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!
Attendance continues to be a top priority for Lovejoy ISD. It should come as no surprise that attendance has a direct relationship with student learning. Additionally, public school funding is provided by the State of Texas based on each district's average daily attendance (ADA).
Lovejoy has developed an Attendance Task Force consisting of staff, parents, and students to formulate ideas about how to positively impact ADA in our district. One suggestion is to update the community via weekly principal communication on the number of absences each campus has accrued YTD along with the budgetary impact of those absences. This information can be found below:
Let's Glow Stu Co Dance-Get your tickets NOW!!!!
We're so excited to host our first-ever SCIS dance/social! The theme for our party is neon/glow, so wear your best neon or glow-in-the-dark attire. Both gyms will be open for this event. One gym will have a DJ for those who want to show off their moves, and the other will be open for those who just prefer to play. We will also have concessions and a photo booth for some added fun. Below are additional details.
Date: Friday, January 27
Tickets: $10 (ticket ONLY)
$15 "Glow Package"- Includes ticket, 2 slices of pizza, and 1 water or gatorade.
Tickets can be bought at the door, however, no Glow Packages can be purchased at the door.
Online ticket sales will close on 1/25/23. Please click here to purchase tickets!
*Concessions will be available for purchase. CASH ONLY
Parents, we will need some volunteers to run the concessions and to help chaperone. Be on the lookout for opportunities to sign-up.
Annual Bump Up Day
Annual Bump Up Day is to take place on February 3, 2023.
Sloan Creek Intermediate, Willow Springs Middle School, and Lovejoy High School will host 4th, 6th, and 8th graders on Friday, February 3, 2023, for Lovejoy ISD’s Annual Bump Up Day. Bump Up Day was created to assist students with transitioning to a new campus and to help generate excitement for the new experiences they will have. Students will travel to the campus they will be attending for the 2023-2024 school year and have the opportunity to tour the campus, ask questions, and eat lunch. Students will be able to charge lunch and any a la carte/snacks purchases to their lunch account during their visit to their Bump Up school. Please make sure funds are available in your student's lunch account. Lunch prices for students visiting Sloan Creek Intermediate School or Willow Springs Middle School will be $4.00 for a regular meal or $4.75 for a premium meal. Lunch prices for students visiting Lovejoy High School will be $4.50 for a regular meal or $5.25 for a premium meal. A la carte/snack prices vary. Please refer to this document for specific pricing.
2022-2023 SCIS Yearbook
20- Cabin assignments sent home-5th Grade ONLY
20- Band trip to Medieval Times
27- All camp medication forms and medication due to SCIS Nurse Busse- 5th Grade ONLY
27- 5th Grade Fine Arts preview at WSMS-5th Grade ONLY
Alternate schedule and lunch times will be different due to Fine Arts Preview Trip
A lunch- 11:57-12:27
B lunch- 12:00-1:00
27- Klotz and Kuethe Service Team
27- 6th Grade altered schedule due to 5th Grade Fine Arts Preview Trip
C lunch- 10:44-11:14
D lunch- 11:24-11:54
27- Stu Co "Let's Glow" Social, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
30- 5th Grade Camp Chaperone meeting-6:00 PM-7:00 PM-SCIS Cafeteria
30- Counselors will meet with all 5th Graders in PE to talk about Fine Arts choices-Student form will be shared
1- Kid Heart Challenge begins
3- Bump Up Day for 4th, 6th and 8th Grade. More information to come.
6-10- School Counselor Appreciation Week
6- 5th Grade Fine Art Choices due
6- Nash and Salamah Service Team
7- SCIS Orchestra Ice Cream Social-6:00 PM-8:00 PM
8-10- 5th Grade Sky Ranch Camp
10- Doty and Holland Service Team
15- School Marshal Appreciation Day
15- February Birthday Donuts
15- SCIS Mid-Winter Band Concert-6:30 PM-7:30 PM
15- Rising 7th Grade (currently 6th grade) Parent Webinar Meeting, 9:30 AM-Link coming soon
16- 11:45 AM-Early Release
17- Student and Staff Holiday-No School
20- Bad Weather Day- Staff and Student Holiday- No School
21- WSMS Counselors present to 6th Grade about 7th Grade registration. Registration forms sent home.
22- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
24- March 3- Spring Book Fair
24- Coffee with the Principals- 8:00 AM-8:40 AM- SCIS Cafeteria
24- Johnson and Dufrene Service Team
25- SCIS Band "Meet the Instruments"
28- Spring Picture Day and Group Pictures
2- Percussion band concert at LHS
3- Coffee with the Principals
3- Chaney, Kuneman, Alotaibi, Darnell, Drummond, Wisdom Service Team
4- Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day
6-10- Spring Break-No School
6-10 Texas Educational Diagnosticians Week
7-11- National School Social Worker Week
12- Daylight Savings Time
14- 7th Grade registration forms due-WSMS Counselors will meet with students to help them register.
15- March Birthday Donuts
17- Chadwick Kimbrough Service Team
23- SCIS Choir Disney Spectacular Concert
31- Hayes, Heth, Abrams Service Team
STAAR DATES 2023
Thursday, April 20- 6th Grade RLA Test
Wednesday, April 26- 5th Grade Science Test
Friday, April 28- 5th/6th RLA Make-Up Test Day
Wednesday, May 3- 5th Grade Math Test
Thursday, May 4- 6th Grade Math Test
Friday, May 5- 5th Grade Science Make-Up Test Day
Friday, May 12- 6th/6th Math Make-Up-Test Day
5th Grade Camp-Sky Ranch-2023-***UPDATED THIS WEEK***
5th Grade Camp!
We are getting excited because camp is less than three weeks away! On Friday, January 20th your child will receive a sheet with their cabin assignments. Teachers have worked very hard to ensure every child has at least one friend from their request list. Due to the complexity of the groupings, we will not make any changes to the cabin lists. The students on the list with an * at the end of their name have a parent attending camp as a chaperone. At the bottom of the sheet it will show if you have prepaid for the zipline and if your child is riding home on the bus or with a parent. The link to prepay for the zipline and the alternate transportation release form links are below if you need to complete them. Both are due January 31st. Students can bring exact cash of $6 to pay for the zipline at camp as well. Please read very carefully over the parent packet and packing list. There will be a store where students can buy snacks and gifts if you would like to send cash with them.
Chaperone phone calls - One of the chaperones will give you a call prior to camp if your child is not attending with a parent. Please be prepared to give them any information that you are willing to share that will help to make your child's time at camp a success. Give background on your child and their needs, allergies, behavior challenges, if they take medication, need additional help or services, what are their interests, are they good sleepers, are there any concerns about them sleeping, or anything else that would be helpful. As a reminder, students are not allowed to bring any electronic devices to camp. They can bring games or books to have during free time.
Important Dates -
January 20th - Cabin Assignments Sent Home
January 27th - All Medication Forms and Medication due to SCIS Nurse
January 30th - Required Chaperone Meeting - 6:00 - 7:00 pm - SCIS Cafeteria
January 31st - Prepaid ZipLine link closes
- Alternate Transportation Release Form Due
February 8th - 10th - Sky Ranch Camp!!
Camp Links -
Sky Ranch Parent Information Packet - Click Here
Camp Packing List - Click HereZip Line - Click Here to Pre Pay for Zip Line $6 - you can also send exact cash to camp.
Alternate Transportation Release Form for February 10th Click Here
Click Here for more information
Behind the Badge with Officer Jacquez-Traffic Control at Sloan Creek Edition
As a gentle reminder, please follow the school arrival and dismissal routes.
It’s imperative that we follow the routes in order to have a safe and rapid arrival/dismissal. Please follow any directives from the arrival or dismissal team.
Mornings will start to get a little crowded as construction on Country Club has started.
Cell phone use is prohibited in a school zone. Please do not be a distracted driver.
Do not use the bus lane if busses are loading/unloading.
Please use the dismissal line unless you are picking a student up early or have a meeting. If you are picking a student up or have a meeting, please park in the parking lot.
Dismissal time - if your student is not in your vehicle when the line
starts to move. Please park in the parking lot to wait for your
Dismissal time – After 2:30 PM, please do not park in drive lanes in front of the school. Busses arrive by 2:30 PM and will block you in. Please park in a parking spot in the lot.
Below you will see the Arrival and Dismissal maps.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me,
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Card and Board Game Spring Session Enrollment is going on!
NEW! SCIS PTO Information
It is the time of year when we start to plan for the 2023-24 SCIS Board. If you are interested in serving on the board next year, please fill out the Interest Form below. You will be contacted by a member of our board in March to discuss any open positions we have next year. If you are moving to Willow you can fill out the Board Interest survey. It is linked below.
2023 - 2024 Willow Springs Board Interest Survey
If you have not joined the PTO you still can. Please see the link below to join.
We so appreciate everyone that volunteered their time in 2022! New updated signups have been posted in Membership Toolkit for Lunch, Library and Copy Volunteers. Signups are added for any upcoming events in which the school has asked for volunteers. To check posted signups, log in to Membership Toolkit – My Account – My Forms/Paperwork – Volunteer Opportunities.
Interested in Volunteering? Need to update your Volunteer Interest Form?
If you are interested in volunteering or want to change/update your volunteer interests, please fill out the SCIS Volunteer Opportunities Interest Form below (also located in Membership Toolkit under Volunteer Opportunities). Emails with signups go out to individuals that have expressed interest on this form first! If the signup has not been filled by the interest group, the signups are posted in the PTO newsletter as well as the Principal Message.
SCIS Volunteer Opportunities Interest Form: https://ptoscis.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/92436
Volunteer Opportunities are currently available for the following:
Lunch Volunteers: https://ptoscis.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/96879
Copy Volunteers: https://ptoscis.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/96800
Library Volunteers: https://ptoscis.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/103404
If you have any questions or need assistance signing up for a volunteer opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Mark your calendar for Wednesday April, 26. Our spring See you at the Creek event will be at Sloan Creek from 5-7. This is a family event.
Next Membership Meeting will be in the SCIS Cafeteria on February 13 @10:00.
SCIS PTO President 2022-23
Lovejoy ISD District and Community News
Lovejoy Robotics is hosting a tournament on Jan. 28th at LHS. We are looking for volunteers to judge, be a scorekeeper and fill many other positions. We will train you if the position requires it. This is a great opportunity for any parents who have a child interested in joining the robotics programs at Sloan Creek, Willow Springs and LHS. Sign up to volunteer here!
*If you are an engineer or work in another field related to robotics or engineering we need you to be a judge!! Please reach out if you might be interested in judging to Tina Whitfill or Coach Strickland we will give you details about what judging entails.
Please contact Tina Whitfill 214-274-7384